June 9th, 2009
07:34 AM GMT
I try very hard not to become a geek about phones. Really I do. Unfortunately I am failing big time. Whether it’s the new Palm Pre or the new 3rd gen iPhone 3GS (S for speed as we keep being told!) I am taking an unhealthy interest in how we all keep in touch. And I am not sure why.
The fact is a phone is a gadget pure and simple. It serves a useful purpose. So why do we all have this love hate relationship with our phones? Why do we swear we can’t live without our favourite model and yet claim we would never touch That One with a 10-foot pole?
Our phones have become our cameras, our photo albums our diaries and our mailboxes. They have wormed themselves into our lives in a way only seen perhaps by the landline and motor car.
Now the smart phone lines are being drawn – Palm’s new Pre, Apple with a new iPhone (and yes all other manufacturers inbetween.)
Of course, Unfortunately while many of the latest models are only available in the United States, the rest of us will have to beg and borrow to try out these new machines for some time yet. This always seems somewhat ironic since the U.S. is probably the slowest of developed nations in its mobile telephony! Features that have been available for years elsewhere are only just now becoming "the norm."
The rest of the world isn't worthy yet of Palms largesse. Palm won't even tell me when they will launch the GSM version in Europe – very odd!
Sometimes I wonder if all this technology isn’t a touch too far. Teenagers who live for their phones? workers who caress their blackberries? Have we become so dependant that we have forgotten what the purpose is – to keep in touch!
Admit it. You love your phone! Now you join in!